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Hey! Say! JUMP's Chinen Yuri to star in upcoming drama series, 'Sprout'

June 2, 2012 @ 11:50 am
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Hey! Say! JUMP's Chinen Yuri (18) will be starring in NTV's upcoming drama series, 'Sprout', starting July 7th.

'Sprout' is based on a popular manga by Nanba Atsuko that's been serialized in 'Bessatsu Friend'. The love story in 'Sprout' evolves when two high school students, named Souhei and Miku, start living under the same roof after Miku's parents turn their home into a boarding house. The heroine will be played by Morikawa Aoi (16), and it will also star A.B.C-Z's Hashimoto Ryosuke (20), Kawakita Mayuko (20), Kojima Fujiko (18), and Johnny's Jr. members Lewis Jesse (15) and Tanaka Juri (16).

Producer Ueno Hiroyuki commented on the young cast saying, "'Sprout' means 'shinme' (sprout). I want to dig up new talents." He also praised Chinen with, "What is essential to a shoujo manga is the protagonist's freshness and aura. He possesses both those things."

Chinen has starred in NTV's 'Scrap Teacher ~Kyoshi Saisei' back in 2008 alongside Yamada Ryosuke and other Hey! Say! JUMP members. This will mark his first time starring in a drama series by himself. "I'm more nervous than usual, but I want to enjoy playing my role. I will do my best to make people's hearts throb," he expressed.

Source: Sponichi Annex

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